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Divided Visual Field Studies in Schizophrenia

  • Anthony S. David

Abstract

Ever since Hippocrates, physicians have been trying to locate the origin of madness somewhere in the brain. It was not until 1844, that Wigan (1844) suggested that insanity might be due to the failure of the two cerebral hemispheres to work in harmony. Such a thesis remained ignored until the 1960’s when a generation of psychologists produced an impressive body of research illuminating the role of the corpus callosum (CC) in integrating brain function. They did this by studying individuals who had undergone surgical division of the CC (see for example Gazzaniga, et al. (1965)), or had become ‘disconnected’ by lesions from other sources (Geschwind, 1965). The function of this broad band of more than 200,000,000 myelinated fibres was inferred from the effects of its transection which led to speculation regarding the unity of conscious experience, the unconscious and the mind-body problem (see Sperry, 1968). Psychiatry tends to lag behind psychology by about a decade and so it was not until the early 1970’s that questions were raised as to whether this new knowledge might be relevant to the understanding of abnormal mental phenomena (Lishman, 1971; Galin, 1974).

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Schizophrenic Patient Hemisphere Asymmetry Verbal Task Cerebral Laterality Psychiatric Control 
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